No. 2 Cardinal Hosts No. 6 USC, No. 5 UCLA
Nov. 6, 2006
COMING UP: Conference leader and second-ranked Stanford (20-2, 11-1) hosts No. 6 USC (21-3, 9-3) and No. 5 UCLA (24-2, 11-2) this weekend in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal looks to extend its 10-match conference winning streak, which ties for the longest conference streak since 1999. Stanford first hosts the Trojans on Friday, November 10 at 7:00 pm. Family Friday features $2 general admission tickets for youth ages 14 and under. The Cardinal then takes on the Bruins on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Keep your tickets from the USC match, because Saturday's match features 2-for-1 general admission with a USC ticket, as well as $2 general admission tickets for Stanford Faculty and Staff. Saturday's match against UCLA will be broadcast tape-delayed by CSTV and is scheduled to be aired Sunday, November 12 at 12:30 pm PT and Monday, November 13 at 7:00 pm. Quick Set Club members, don't miss Coach Dunning's Chalk Talks from 5:00-5:30 pm prior to both matches.
IMPORTANT INFO FOR SEASON TICKET-HOLDERS: The dates for this weekend's matches against USC and UCLA have been switched from the dates originally printed on the season ticket sheets. When attending these two matches, you must use the ticket with the correct opponent, not the correct date. Use the ticket that reads 'Stanford vs. USC' on November 10 and 'Stanford vs. UCLA' on November 11. It is very important that you bring the correct ticket to Maples, as only the tickets with the correct opponent will have their barcodes accepted on that night. For more information, click here.
DUNNING REACHES 600 WINS: Head Coach John Dunning earned his 600th win against Oregon on October 20 in Maples Pavilion and will be honored for his acheivement this Friday night between games two and three versus USC. Dunning is in his sixth season as head coach of the Cardinal and 21st year of coaching volleyball. During his tenure at Stanford, the Cardinal has captured two NCAA championships (2001, 2004), as well as a runner-up finish in 2002. Dunning has amassed a 166-28 record on The Farm and a 603-130 record in his 21 years of coaching at Stanford and Pacific, ranking him among the top five winningest active coaches in NCAA history (Division I). In 2005, Dunning was the recipient of the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award.
STANFORD DOWNS CAL IN BERKELEY: Stanford tallied a tenth-straight Pac-10 victory last Friday night in Berkeley. The Cardinal downed the Bears, 30-26, 30-21, 28-30, 30-28, led by sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza's 17 kills. Senior Kristin Richards followed with 16 kills and 13 digs, while sophomore Foluke Akinradewo added 14 kills and five blocks. Barboza continues to pace the Cardinal with 4.54 kills per game, 313 total kills and 31 aces. Akinradewo leads the squad with 96 total blocks, as well as a .440 hitting percentage. Junior setter Bryn Kehoe has tallied 898 assists to lead the team, while sophomore libero Jessica Fishburn has amassed 263 digs.
ABOUT THE TROJANS: No. 6 USC (21-3, 9-3) travels to The Farm after picking up two wins last weekend against Arizona and Arizona State. The Trojans topped the Wildcats on Friday, 30-19, 28-30, 30-21, 30-26, before sweeping the Sun Devils on Saturday, 30-25, 30-24, 30-19. Junior Asia Kaczor led the Trojans with 44 kills between the two matches, while junior Diane Copenhagen tallied eight blocks on the weekend. In the second half of conference action, Kaczor leads USC with 4.72 kills per game, 411 total kills and 27 aces. Junior Bethany Johansen leads the team with 103 blocks, while freshman setter Taylor Carico has tallied 1111 assists. Stanford claimed the first match against the Trojans this season, 30-20, 30-26, 30-28, and leads the all-time series against USC, 48-17.
ABOUT THE BRUINS: No. 5 UCLA (24-2, 11-2) meets Stanford after also claiming two wins at home against Arizona State and Arizona. The Bruins beat the Sun Devils Friday, 27-30, 30-15, 30-23, 30-26, before sweeping the Wildcats on Saturday, 30-20, 30-17, 30-27. Senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether earned her third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this season for her efforts over the weekend, tallying 32 kills and 17 blocks in seven games. Meriwether currently leads the Bruins with 4.07 kills per game, 350 total kills, 148 blocks and a .483 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Nellie Spicer also leads the team with 1212 assists, averaging 13.77 assists per game this season. Stanford beat UCLA earlier this year in Los Angeles, 30-27, 27-30, 25-30, 30-25, 15-10, to tie the all-time series between the two teams at 34 wins each.
BARBOZA, RICHARDS NAMED PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza and senior outside hitter Kristin Richards have earned Player of the Week honors this season from the Pac-10. Barboza was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Sept. 4-10, the Cardinal's first weekly honor of the year. Barboza led a three-match sweep at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Challenge. She hit .471 for the tournament with 46 kills, 33 digs and seven blocks, including a .532 hitting percentage against Fairfield without tallying a single attack error and collecting a career-high four service aces against No. 9 Hawai`i. Richards was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 2-8. She led the Cardinal to a three-game sweep over No. 7 California, recording 13 kills without a single error. Richards hit .565 against the Bears, contributing six digs, an ace and three blocks.
RECORD WATCH: Senior Kristin Richards has already moved from ninth to seventh this season for career kills with 1,659, and now ranks second at Stanford in digs with 1,450 ... Richards also now ranks eighth all-time at Stanford with 112 career aces ... In just her junior year, setter Bryn Kehoe improves to fourth on the all-time career assists list with 3,639 assists, ranking first all-time at Stanford with 12.77 assists per game ... Kehoe also ranks fourth on the single season assists per game list with 13.01 assists per game this season ... Sophomore Cynthia Barboza's 31 service aces so far this season inch her closer to the single season top-10 list, where Kim Oden and Barbara Fontana are tied for ninth with 41 aces ... Barboza is currently tied for forth all-time with 0.45 aces per game this season ... Sophomore libero Jessica Fishburn also sits in third for single season digs per game with 3.76 digs per game this season.
CSTV/AVCA TOP 25 POLL: Stanford holds down the second-place ranking this week in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll, while Nebraska is in the top spot for a 12th-straight week. Penn State and Washington remain in third and fourth, respectively, while UCLA claims the fifth ranking and USC holds the sixth ranking for the second-straight week. Cross-Bay rival California rose one ranking to 12th, while local team Santa Clara dropped to 22nd this week.